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Crawley student beats thousands to win national business award

A student from Holy Trinity School in Crawley who set up a business as part of the National Tenner Challenge, run by Young Enterprise, has won the Tenner for Good award for their business ‘paper petals’ where he sold bouquets of paper flowers for use in hospitals.

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Timothee Hawksley, Year 10, from Holy Trinity School receives his award.

Students were given £10 and four weeks to set up a business and make as much profit as they could.

This is the 7th year of the Tenner Challenge, and this year over 26,000 students took part. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on the 8th of May, held at the Moorgate Auditorium in London.

The Tenner Programme gives students an opportunity to develop key employability skills and develop a better understanding of the connection between what they learn in school and how they can apply that learning in the world of work. 84% of teachers were attracted to the Tenner Challenge for the ‘real experience’ it offers to young people.

Students have a business idea and use this start-up capital to make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks to gain first-hand business experience of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.  At the end of the month participants asked to return their £10 pledges with a £1 legacy donation to enable Young Enterprise to support even more people the following year. Students are free to keep their remaining profits, which many donate to a charity of their choice.

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, said:  

“The Tenner programme is critical for driving entrepreneurship among young people. Every year, we hear new stories come about from all different walks of life.

“The challenge has a real impact on the young people’s employability skills and will help to encourage students to reach their full potential.”

Sarah John, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England and a guest speaker at the awards night, said: 

“It was a privilege to meet the winners of the Tenner Challenge Awards and hear about all their entrepreneurial endeavours. The challenge is a great way to encourage students to build new skills and work in a team. It is great to see how far a tenner can go!”

Louise McMenamin, Teacher at Holy Trinity School, said:

“We have run this enterprise activity over the past few years and it is a fun, engaging and creative way in which to broaden young people’s minds into the possibilities of life beyond school.

Past participants of this challenge have progressed onto our Head Team and this is proof of how early embedding of enterprise skills and attitudes can be nurtured in the school environment.”

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The happy faces of Crawley’s GCSE students

It’s smiles all round as the towns GCSE students celebrate another successful year with their results.

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From all areas of Crawley nervous students have been collecting their GCSE results this morning.

GCSE results show that there has been a slight increase in the number of pupils across West Sussex who have achieved passes in English and Maths.

Figures show that an average of 65.7% secured passes in both English and Maths, compared to 65.4% in 2018.

Results in West Sussex are slightly lower than the average across England, Wales and Northern Ireland of 67.3% achieving passes in both English and Maths.

Most GCSE results in England are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 7 the equivalent to an A and 4 a C grade.

Early figures provided by West Sussex schools and academies combined show:
• The proportion of West Sussex students achieving the pass level Grade 4 (equivalent of a C grade) has gone up by 0.3%

• Schools’ Attainment 8 scores (the average of their students’ grades across eight key subjects) have also gone up from 37.1% to 44.5%, an increase of 7.4%.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“I know pupils across the county, as well as teachers and school staff, have worked very hard during the past two years. I’m delighted that this has led to an increase in this year’s pass rate.

“I pass on my congratulations to those who have received their results and are now planning their next move, whether that is further study, employment or training.”


Students who did not achieve the grades they wanted are encouraged to speak to their school or college about the opportunities still available to them.

The results are provisional until the Department for Education issues more detailed examination results later this year and the figures have been confirmed.

Hazelwick School were very happy with the Chair of Governors saying how proud she was of the students hard work.

Kirsty Armstrong (pictured with Headteacher, Ann Fearon – 7 grade 9s , 2 grade 8s)

Headteacher, Ann Fearon, said:

“Our students should be immensely proud of their achievements and I congratulate them for their effort, commitment and resilience. The new ‘9-1’ GCSEs in all subjects continue to present a real challenge to all schools and I am delighted with how well our students have risen to that challenge. I would also like to thank Hazelwick staff and parents/carers for the fantastic support provided for our students.  Hazelwick School is a school to be proud of.  We are ambitious for our students and that ambition is making a positive difference to their futures.”

At Thomas Bennett Community College there was extra reason to celebrate after the Schools turbulent past years. But now the school has seen a massive rise in student results.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“Congratulations to all of the Year 11 students for a set of fantastic results. They are a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication put into your studies this year and through your time as a student at Thomas Bennett.  I’d like to say a big thank you to staff for their commitment in ensuring that students were well prepared.  Also to parents and carers for working with the school and supporting students at home.  I wish all of the students the very best of luck in the next stage of their learning.”

Over at the Gatwick School it was their first Year 11 cohort who took their exams.

Head of School Mark Roessler stated:

“This year The Gatwick School had its first Year 11 cohort sitting their GCSE exams, and with less than 50 students sitting these exams, I am extremely proud of how they have risen to the challenge. They have led the way for all the other year groups who will follow them and I am delighted at how well our students have achieved; they are a credit to their families, to our school and, most importantly, to themselves. I am proud of my excellent staff who have supported and dedicated themselves to our students. They pride themselves on going above and beyond expectations on a daily basis for all students. I am also grateful to our families for their faith in The Gatwick School and for the support they have shown throughout the incredible journey that we have been on over the last 5 years. As Head of School, I am determined that ‘All Can Achieve’ at The Gatwick School. We provide students not only with the academic grounding that allows access to further education and employment, but an extremely high level of pastoral care and support, which enables all students to develop, both in self-confidence and in maintaining a strong moral compass, which is just as important as academic success”. 

At St Wilfrids there was more success with a high number of students achieving at least one grade 9.

Mr Ferry (Headteacher) said:

“We are seeing a lot of happy faces this morning and I am immensely proud of all of our students. The new examinations require students to cover much more detail than in the past and they have worked incredibly hard over the last two years. Make no mistake, the grades they are receiving today have been hard earned”.

Over at Ifield Community College Head teacher Rob Corbett paid tribute to the success of his pupils saying:

“ICC continues to go from strength to strength and the hard work of staff and students has paid off in our GCSE results this year. The school, judged good a year ago and expanding due to its’ popularity, is celebrating the success of its year eleven students.

We are extremely proud of the success of all of our students who showed the tenacity and dedication to succeed in the reformed qualifications.”

Ifield Community College GCSE students.

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